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Report: Angels put 2B Kendrick, 3B Freese on trading block
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Angels are preparing to trade either second baseman Howie Kendrick or third baseman David Freese in an attempt to bolster their starting rotation or acquire a left-hander reliever, according to Fox Sports.

Both are 31 years old. Kendrick is coming off a strong season in which he tied a career-high with 75 RBI and added 85 runs scored. Freese struggled before a strong September and finished the year with a stat line of .260/.321/.383.

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Report: Colby Lewis says goodbye to Rangers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Rangers right-handed starter Colby Lewis has told the team that he plans to pursue his free agent options, per mlbblogs.com.

Lewis provided innings, but not quality ones, in a 2014 season in which Texas was devastated by injuries. He finished 10-14 with a 5.18 ERA and 211 hits allowed in 170 1/3 innings.

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Rockies exercise option on closer LaTroy Hawkins
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Rockies have picked up their $2.25 million option on veteran closer LaTroy Hawkins.

The 42-year-old Hawkins, who will pitch his 21st season in 2015, performed well again this season with 23 saves in 26 opportunities and 3.31 ERA.

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Brewers snag C Juan Centeno
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Brewers have signed catcher Juan Centeno off waivers from the Mets.

The 24-year-old Centeno hit .200 in 30 at-bats this season.

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Brewers exercise option on 3B Ramirez, await his decision
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Brewers have exercised their end of a mutual option on veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He has three days to do the same on the $14 million deal.

They 36-year-old Ramirez continued to produce this season with a stat line of .285/.330/.427 and 66 RBI in 494 at-bats.

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Rays bring back 2B Ben Zobrist by exercising option
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Rays were expected to pick up the $7.5 million option on second baseman Ben Zobrist for 2015 - and they announced it Friday.

Zobrist was among the most productive players on an offense that struggled to score. He placed second on the Rays with a .272 average and tied for the team lead with 83 runs.

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C Alex Avila still waiting for Tigers to pick up 2015 option
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Tigers have declined to pick up their option on catcher Alex Avila, though they have until Nov. 20 to do so, per MLive.com.

Avila has lost points on his batting average in each of the last three seasons, falling to .218 this year. But he did remain relatively productive in 2014, hitting 11 home runs and driving in 47 while scoring 44 runs in 390 at-bats.

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RHP Felipe Paulino a free agent after White Sox pass
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The White Sox have officially passed on their $4 million option for 2015 on right-hander Felipe Paulino. They paid him the buyout of $250,000, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Paulino lost most of the year to shoulder issues after compiling an 0-2 record and 11.29 ERA in four starts.

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RHP Patrick McCoy signed by Orioles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have signed southpaw reliever Patrick McCoy off waivers from Detroit.

McCoy, who was promoted for his major league debut in July by the Tigers, yielded 21 hits and 13 walks in 14 innings pitched, yet left plenty of baserunners stranded in compiling a 3.86 ERA.

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Options on RHP Scherzer, DH Martinez among Tigers moves
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Tigers have announced, as expected, that they have made $15.3 million qualifying offers to right-hander Max Scherzer and 2014 MVP candidate Victor Martinez. They will become free agents if the offers are rejected.

Those were among a slew of moves made by the Tigers. Utility man Don Kelly and right-hander Evan Reed have been outrighted off their 40-man roster while they have promoted outfield Wynton Bernard .

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